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Workin’ where you wander [By Ruth A. Hill] Wanted: fun-loving folks for full- and part-time positions in retirement resort and RV park. Fixer-upper projects, landscaping, light carpentry, repairs and lawn care are part of the job in a laid-back, family-oriented environment. Work 10 hours a week each for a couple, or 20 hours for an individual, in return for a site with full hookups.

Wanna travel? Need a job to support your

work to support a full-time or sometime RV

ranches, racetracks and other places where

wanderlust? Consider workamping. Lots

lifestyle. A few are families who home school

tourists congregate. The best time to look

of seniors are doing just that. And some

the kids wherever they drop anchor.

for them is early each year at job fairs and

younger people - such as those who’ve

Web sites. Positions range from caretakers

decided to kick the old work routine but

The big motivator for most? Travel and

to managers, with everything imaginable

need to support themselves while they


in between - activity directors, tour guides,

travel America on their own terms - are joining them.

musicians, chuck wagon cooks, camp Workampers realize additional benefits

hosts, golf course attendants, maintenance

besides travel as they get comfortable with

workers and show actors. Walt Disney

Jack and Celesta Lotsey decided about

the process, according to Steve Anderson,

World and Princess Tours are among the

a dozen years ago to pick up and travel,

publisher of Workamper News.

large and small employers who seek and

with only the baggage they could carry in

value workampers for their usual maturity,

their RV. Found working in a gift shop in

“Initially, the biggest motivator is a desire

work ethic and dependability. Sometimes no

Durango, Colo., the Lotseys spent half of

for travel, but many fall in love with the

experience is necessary.

last year’s high-tourist season in Durango

lifestyle. You hear them go on and on about

retailing, with time off to see the territory

the friendships they’ve made along the way,

According to Jaimie Bruzenak, a longtime

that surrounds the Four Corners region.

relationships they would never have had

workamper and author of “Support Your RV

When the day’s work was done, the couple

living back in a Pennsylvania stick house.”

Lifestyle! An Insider’s Guide to Working on

returned to their RV park. Like many

the Road,” successful workamping is defined

workampers, they roll south for the winter.

It’s also a way to keep living costs in check,

Yuma, Ariz., has been their anchor for the

added Anderson. Though many jobs pay little

past several seasons.

more than minimum wage, campers get

“There are workamping jobs of every

free campsites with all utility hookups for

description,” she said, “from secretarial

“We own no property other than our motor

their work. And in these days of rising fuel

up to professional positions. Flexibility is

home,” said Jack. “We are full-timers.”

costs, some employers provide gas bonuses

probably the key, because most jobs are

to lure people to them. Nobody becomes a

seasonal and anything can happen. You

What the Lotseys mean by their self-imposed

workamper to get rich, he said. Otherwise,

need to be able to shift gears, go with the

moniker is that they’ve adopted a travel

why wouldn’t they hang onto their traditional

flow and be ready to give up being the boss.

lifestyle that is gaining in popularity among

careers? What they do get is a lot of freedom

Sometimes that is difficult if that’s been

retirees and younger ages. By definition, the

and the means to see anyplace they want to

your role. In exchange, you get to see this

magazine flag-bearer for those so engaged

in the U.S.

country, make new friends and have some

Workamper News - describes these folks

by one’s personal goals.

perks along the way. Besides campsites,

as adventuresome individuals, couples and

Jobs are plentiful at campgrounds, resorts,

my husband and I have gotten other free

families who combine part-time or full-

national and state parks, marinas, forests,

things such as glacier sightseeing tours in

time work with RV camping. Many labor

amusement and theme parks, lodges, ski

Alaska, golf privileges and free show tickets

to supplement retirement income. Others

resorts, youth camps, RV parks, guest

in Branson.”


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someone is ill, it’s not always easy to be there for them. “I have a longtime girlfriend who is quite ill and I can’t just run over and see her,” said Celesta. “I don’t like to fly, so when people are sick you can’t be with them.” Some workampers choose not to camp. They live in housing provided by their employers, such as private cabins or employee

The payoffs of workamping keep the couple going, however. Traveling the U.S. is an

dormitories in Yellowstone National Park.

awesome experience, she said, and most

Xanterra Parks and Resorts - a concessioner

are great. “They restore my faith in human

that operates lodges, restaurants and other concessions in Yellowstone and other national and state parks - offers seasonal workers options other than campsites and cash. Chuck Howe, recruiting manager for Xanterra, said some workampers occasionally want to take a break from their RV living, so they domicile in dorms or cabins for hourly wages and a full meal plan. “You get room and board, plus all your meals with this plan. Those who can work a longer season or a short early fall season have the best shot at such jobs in

of the people they’ve met along the way nature,” she said. Besides, she added, with the flex of workamping, you can opt out at any time, take off a season and look forward to kicking back next winter with no work calls at all. WHERE THE JOBS ARE Job hunting for workampers and wannabees is easy at annual employer job fairs in states such as Arizona, Texas and Florida. Print and Web resources include:

Yellowstone,” said Howe.

Workamper News: Workamping’s most

Whatever the sleep space, the workamping

site, It is the go-to

lifestyle requires dexterity in managing relationships, said Celesta, who is in her 70s. She believes her vagabond journey brings her closer to her grown children because everyone really appreciates the occasions when they can get together. Yet when


popular magazine has an interactive Web portal for job fairs, educational seminars and job postings from employers. Singles seeking workamper partners and a daily hotline for immediate job openings are also here. Subscriptions to the magazine and additional services begin at $25 a year.

Escapees RV Club: At, 34,000 members find support services like mail forwarding, voice messaging services, e-mail and discounts on other services. Membership is $60 per year, plus a $10 enrollment fee. Call 888-757-2582 for an information kit. Coolworks: At, paid and volunteer job opportunities are geographically categorized. Special sections include volunteer, “make a difference” and “older and bolder” opportunities. The Caretaker Gazette: House-sitting and other caretaker jobs, some of which include an RV site, are at Includes some international opportunities. Ruth A. Hill is a freelance travel writer.

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